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Re: Cygwin NTFS permission listing oddness.

On Nov  2 10:56, Linda Walsh wrote:
> You somewhat answered my question, indirectly. 
> I wasn't aware windows had a "group" security descriptor
> in addition to the user-owner-creator field. 
> Where does it store the information? 

In the security descriptor.  There's no such thing as a "group security
descriptor".  The file's security descriptor contains all the info,
including owner, group, and DACL.

> It seems odd to have a Windows group field that no Windows utils
> would be able to set (or view).  Is the windows group field
> actually used for anything?

Actually it's not utilized in Windows and for that reason not made
visible in the UI(*).  The group field in the NTFS security descriptor
is necessary to be POSIX compliant though, that's why it exists.  Same
goes for the primary group in access tokens.

>    My NT-Win knowledge is nowhere close to my *nix knowledge, but I just
> didn't know of a windows-group field on files/processes, etc.  I thought
> it was a "pseudo-security" field that only existed in cygwin and that
> cygwin somehow simulated by, perhaps, storing the info in an ACL...?  


>    I'm not able to find a reference to a file's groupid via google,
> but I may not know the correct search terms.  Is there a reference
> to the group field on MS's tech pages somewhere?

You could start here for instance:


(*) It's utilized indirectly through the Creator Group SID (S-1-3-1),
    but afaik it's not used in standard Windows SDs.

Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
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